Robert Kubica's 2011 season is in doubt after a crash while rallying
Robert Kubica has suffered multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand, and possibly his hip, after a high-speed crash at the Ronde di Andora rally today.
He is currently undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure. All we know about his crash so far is that he left the track and hit a wall, caving the front of the car in, and shattering part of the roll structure.
His co-driver, Jakub Gerber, has posted on his Facebook account that he is perfectly fine.
A statement from the team read:
“After undergoing extensive medical checks this morning, Robert Kubica has been
diagnosed with multiple fractures to his right arm, leg and hand. He is currently
undergoing surgery at the Santa Corona Hospital in Pietra Ligure.
Robert suffered a high-speed accident this morning while competing in the Ronde
di Andora Rally.
Daniel Morelli, Robert’s manager, will be available for the press in front of
the hospital emergency entrance at 16:30 CET (15:50 GMT).
Lotus Renault GP driver, Robert Kubica, suffered an accident at high speed this
morning while competing in the Ronde di Andora Rally.
The driver was airlifted to Pietra Ligure Hospital, where he is currently
undergoing medical checks. His co-driver is fine.”
This has without question ruled him out of pre-season testing, and there will be huge doubts as to whether he will be able to start the 2011 F1 season, which begins on the 13th March. If he is not able to compete, new test driver for Renault Bruno Senna will probably be the one to take his seat.
All of us fans surely must have breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that he should be alright. However, after an accident like this, restrictions on F1 drivers competing outside of F1 will probably become even more stringent. For the moment though, let’s just hope that his condition doesn’t get any worse.
Update: It appears his injuries were caused by a crash barrier penetrating the door. Reports say that he was stuck in the car for more than an hour before specialist equipment extracted him from the car.
Update 2: Kubica’s operation will finish at 8:00 CET (7:00 GMT). His hand will not have to be amputated, but it remains to be seen whether he will be able to use it afterwards. The focus of the operation is on the blood supply to his hand.
Update 3: Co-driver Jakub Gerber has stated: “(he) was conscious, then fainted and woke up a couple of times, without having full knowledge of what has happened”. It has been confirmed that there is no threat to his life.
His manager, Daniele Morelli, has said: “The surgeons are trying to restore the functionality of his right hand. They must now think about the muscle function, but Robert has a very strong temper and will succeed.”
An Italian video after the crash: